Outside workers coming to South Lafourche in the future may look forward to living in a safe, comfortable community.
A 14-acre property along LA Hwy. 3235, adjacent to the post office in Golden Meadow, will be converted into a rental community for long-term corporate leasing for employees. For now the community is expecting to cater to various companies that have employees at Port Fourchon along with physicians from area hospitals.
Larry and Karen Thigpen from Monroe will be the investors developing the property that is currently being handled by Janet Rhodus with Omni Realty Advisors. Janet says that the community, named Dore Pré, will be a unique addition to South Lafourche. It will by no means be like a bunkhouse or a hotel, which each come with their own set of problems.
“There are bunkhouses and living quarters in Lafourche Parish and a huge concern is the crime surrounding those areas. That’s why we want to have a gated community, because we want to keep that crime out of the community,” said Rhodus. “We will need to know who’s living there and we will do criminal background checks.”
The gated community will include 35-45, four-bedroom brick homes, and a walking trail for its residents, along with a clubhouse. Amenities such as a swimming pool, 24-hour gym, grilling area, and a cyber café, will also be constructed. They expect to provide retail leasing at the front of the property to lease to businesses that will cater to the community’s residents such as restaurants, dry-cleaning and hair salons.
“You’ve got corporate and supervisory positions and people working at the Port that would like to have a nice place for their employees to reside and there’s a huge shortage of that,” said Rhodus.
Hotels in the South Lafourche area are giving above-market rates and are heavily booked, indicating the need for more long-term living opportunities for the workers coming in to South Lafourche. Rhodus believes that it would be more cost effective for companies to have their employees living in the more comfortable Dore Pré community than out of their suitcases at a hotel.
She says that the cost for companies to lease one of the homes in the community will depend on the cost of development, however she estimates that the cost may be around $8,000 per month for each four-bedroom home. She also currently estimates that the cost of developing the community will be around $10 million.
The development of the property is currently in the preliminary design phase and plans for the design of the community will soon be submitted for approval.
Rhodus believes that the impact of the upcoming community will have a minimal negative impact on local hotels and apartments because of the incredible demand of places to stay. Currently the demand exceeds the supply of living areas and these places are packed to the brim with people. She says that the community will in fact relieve some of the immediate pressure on such places.
For more information Janet Rhodus can be reached at 225-413-4414.
Posted on Tue, March 3, 2015
by Ulysses Gisclair, Contributing Writer